Troubling questions land at Real Estate Commission doorstep

August 22, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

When regulatory boards start acting like trade associations and trade associations have to fight to keep a commission on task, that signals real trouble, according to sources close to the Alabama Real Estate Commission (AREC) and the Alabama Association of Realtors (AAR).

“The Realtors Association is in a terrible place because the Real Estate Commission is acting like a quasi-association,” said an individual with knowledge of the situation who agreed to be a source of background information so he might speak freely.

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Hubbard: Defiant and Unrepentant

July 11, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Politcal Reporter

Michael G. Hubbard received a sentence of 96 years for his crimes.

However, because he was convicted under State ethics laws, Judge Jacob Walker, III, with advice from the State’s prosecution, gave him a split sentence of 4 years behind bars, with no “good time” or chance of parole, and 16 years probation.

There has been a cry of outrage over what is perceived as a light sentence for such a corrupt politician. But, this is actually a harsh sentence and a reasonable measure due to overcrowding in our State prison system. The State’s prosecution had recommended 5 years in prison and 12 years probation; very close to what Hubbard received.
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Declare a Revolution on Independence Day for Alabama

July 4, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Even as we celebrate our Republic’s Independence Day, it is evident that our State is in a moral crisis. Gov. Robert Bentley is running roughshod over the Constitution, the former Speaker of the House, Mike Hubbard, has been found guilty of 12 felony ethics violations and the State’s Chief Justice is being hounded by an appointed commission.

The crisis in Alabama stems from years of neglect, politics for personal gain, a false piety that mocks the basic tenets of Christ’s teachings, and a failure to value life above property and wealth.
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Big and Bigger Contracts Reviewed

February 24, 2015

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—In February, the State’s Contract Review Board approved some high-dollar items for friends of former Gov. Bob Riley and other big-time insiders.

The State continues to approve spending measures, ranging from a few hundred thousand dollars to almost two hundred million dollars, while resisting any suggestions of tax increase.

The Contract Review Board led by Senator Bill Holtzclaw, (R-Madison), approved a contract worth $150,000 for J. Danny Cooper LLC. The taxpayers will be paying Cooper to “Assist [the Real Estate] Commission with various aspects of implementation of the Real Estate Commission’s strategic plan in order to better protect consumers.”
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